20 April, 2023
Cale is shooting hoops with new Indigenous tournament
A local basketballer has been selected for NSW in a national tournament that provides a pathway to the big league for young Aboriginal players.
Local star, Cale McEwen, recently
made the NSW Indigenous basketball
team that is set to play at the 2023 National
Indigenous Basketball Tournament
later this week.
In its second year running, the tournament
was set up by National Basketball
Association (NBA) star Patty Mills,
and the Indigenous Basketball Australia
(IBA), to support aspiring professional
indigenous basketball players.
Not yet 14, Cale was thrilled to have
made it to the playing team this year, a
step-up from making it last year as a
“It feels pretty good,” he said.
“I’m really looking forward to meeting
other people from the other states,”
The NSW team flew up to the
Gold Coast yesterday (Tuesday, April
11), and have one training session
between now before playing against the
other states. Cale has been playing basketball
in Gilgandra since he was six-years-old, and currently plays for the representative
Gilgandra basketball team.
He went to Dubbo for a trial earlier this
year, and played against 70 others to
make the team.
“We are real proud of him, he has put
a lot of hard work in this year, he’s
improved out of sight,” said father
“His mother is a basket
baller, it’s in the Naden genes,” he
“He deserved it this year, and
the IBA is going to just keep growing
and growing, and hopefully it will grow
in Gil. There’s a lot of talent out there
that just doesn’t get recognised.”
Mr McEwen was extremely appreciative of Luke McKenzie, Julie Nolan, and Deidre Naden, who have all supported Cale with his training, and pushing him to play the best he can.